Surinam: Allegations Of Fraud – “Li finn met mo kont plat,” Said 82 Year Old Petchaye

An 82 year old woman accused one of his son to have stolen over Rs 280 000. This inhabitant of Surinam filed a complaint against her youngest son at the Central Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday 16 August. She accuses his son of swindling.

“Li finn met mo kont plat,” says Petchaye, aged 82. The mother of seven children lives alone and receives their visits from time to time. She said her youngest child aged about fifty years has visited her on July 1 as usual. “Mo garson demann mwa sa zour-la fer enn joint account ek li, koumsa si ariv mwa kitsoz li pou kapav partaz sa kas-la,” recalls the octogenarian.

She decides to accompany her son to the bank on the same day to start the process of opening a joint account with him. She also claims to have made a deposit of Rs 60,000 in cash in the said account. Petchaye says there was a total of Rs. 289 911.68 in her bank account, including the deposit.

Several unwittingly withdrawals 
Believing that her money is safe in the bank, the octogenarian has nothing to worry about. However, she was shocked when she got a call from the bank that threatens to seize her house for an unpaid loan. “Je vivais auparavant avec mon fils aîné. Ce dernier avait contracté un crédit hypothécaire de Rs 500 000 à la banque en mettant ma maison en garantie. Malheureusement, il est mort des suites d’une maladie il y a cinq ans.”

The adopted son of her elder son was paying the loan but he died too in February. “Depuis, un préposé de la banque m’a appris qu’il y avait Rs 350 000 à rembourser et qu’en cas de non-paiement, l’on saisirait ma maison,” she says, adding that she had no choice but to make a withdrawal to pay off this loan.

However, when she went to the bank with her other son on Monday August 15, she was the shock. “Un employé m’a affirmé que le montant de mon compte bancaire s’élevait à Rs 44,88. Il m’a aussi remis un relevé bancaire du 1er juillet 2016 au 12 août 2016. Il y a eu un retrait de Rs 50 000 le premier jour et le transfert d’un montant de Rs 239 000 à un autre compte bancaire. Puis, un autre retrait de Rs 900 a été effectué le 12 août 2016.”

Petchaye is piqued. “Linn fini mwa. Mo demann lotorite ed mwa pou mo regayn mo larzan sinon mo lakaz pou sezi,” she says in despair. From the police side, we are taught that an investigation was opened in this case.

The son denies the allegations
Asked for a reaction, the son incriminated by his mother denies the allegations. He said he also had his money on this bank account. “Mo finn donn mo frer Rs 125 000 ladan et Rs 50 000 la mo larzan sa. Mo finn osi met Rs 104 000 dan konstriksyon mo lakaz pou mo mama vinn res kot mwa. Aster li pa oule,” said the youngest son of Petchaye.

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